Braids are some of the sassiest hairstyles any girl could ever wear. Normally, women wear braids as protective hairstyles, but lately it has become a major aesthetic thing for most girls. Over the years, many hairstylists introduced different styles of braids, thus creating more options for women when it comes to hairstyles. However, many people don’t even recognize the differences between the various braid styles and just simply think that all braids are the same. It’s time to correct that misconception.
Among the many kinds of braids today, feeder braids are quite trending. This kind of braid actually stemmed from the regular cornrow braids. The only difference between feed-in braids and cornrows is that the former hairstyle incorporates braiding hair extensions into the cornrows strand by strand, rather than adding an entire pre-braided hair extension at the end of each cornrows. Since the braiding hair is added on each strand, the cornrows will look longer as if it’s part of your natural hair. With feed-in braids, you can have both protective and elegantly aesthetic hairstyle at the same time.
- 0.1 Everything You Need to Know About Feeder Braids
- 0.2 Top 10 Feeder Braids You Can Wear Today
- 1 Easy Do-It-Yourself Feeder Braids to Rock Any Occasion
Everything You Need to Know About Feeder Braids
- Top 10 Feeder Braids You Can Wear Today
- Easy Do-It-Yourself Feeder Braids to Rock Any Occasion
- The Best Types of Hair for Feed-in Braids
- Your Favorite Hollywood Celebrities Wearing the Popular Feed-in Braids
The hair is one of the most important parts of a woman’s body. A well kempt hair will always make any woman more appealing than she already is. Believe it or not, your hair plays a major role in first impressions. If you wish to impress the people around you by looking fabulous every single day, then the best way to do that is to style your hair appropriately. However, not all women have the luxury of time to style their hair so they end up going out in a simple pony, or worse, just let the hair down. The thing about these two common hairstyles is that they are quite boring and they don’t keep the hair from your face all the time, and they normally apply only to those women with straight or wavy hair.
For people blessed with kinky hair with super fine curls, feeder braids might put an end to your daily hairstyle struggle. You don’t need to always settle for a bun because the feed-in braids will definitely make you effortlessly stunning with little maintenance needed.
Regular Feed-in Braids
Despite the occurrence of many new braiding styles and techniques, the classic cornrow feed-in braids still made it to the top 10 list of the best hairstyles this year. Indeed, nothing beats a classic when it comes to hairstyles. The regular cornrow feed-in braids is perfect for those who have cropped or super short fine curls. By adding braiding hair extensions, you can create an illusion of having naturally long cornrows.
Jumbo Feed-in Braids
This hairstyle is similar to the previously mentioned regular cornrow feed-in braids, except for the size. Jumbo cornrows are perfect for people who don’t want to bother spending too much time creating super fine cornrows. For this kind of hairstyle, you can have two jumbo cornrow braids or four jumbo cornrow braids depending on your preference.
Fine Cornrow Feed-in Braids
This is one of the most common hairstyles that many black Americans are fond of wearing. For this hairstyle, the hair is divided into many smaller sections. This hairstyle is very popular since it looks so chic and neat at the same time. Normally, this is considered as a protective hairstyle and you can let it sit on your head for a couple of weeks without detangling and redoing the entire process. It will keep your hair away from your face.
Criss-cross Goddess Feed-in Braids
This elegant hairstyle looks complex on the outside, but it surprisingly easy to do. The good thing about Goddess Feed-in Braids is that you don’t need to spend a couple of hours in the salon or in front of the mirror to complete the hairstyle. Since the hairstyle uses jumbo cornrows, you will finish the entire style in less than an hour. The secret to this amazing hairstyle is hair sectioning. With the right sectioning, you can easily achieve this chic design like a pro.
Jumbo + Micro Cornrows in a Bun
If you think only those having super long hair can achieve this superb hairstyle, then you are wrong. Modern hairstylists brought back the classic large cornrows to life by adding a little style to it. This time, instead of only having several large cornrows, one line of micro cornrow lies between two larger cornrows to give it more emphasis. For women who are not fond of letting their braids loose, you can tie it into a nice big bun. This keeps your braids in place despite extreme movements.
- Blonde + Black Feed-in Braids
The thing about feed-in braids is that you can achieve many different styles with this simple technique. For instance, you can add blonde-colored braiding extensions to your natural black hair to make it look like you have two-toned hair color. You can start doing the braid using your natural hair, insert the blonde hair braiding extension to the second braid, and continue the process as usual.
- Center-parted Braids + Fishtail
This is a good combination of two different braiding techniques. Although many people think this hairstyle is only for women with long hair, that’s not always the case. With the help of feed-in braiding technique, even those with chopped hair can achieve this look effortlessly. Just make sure to part your hair on the center neatly, and make two wonderful braids on the side. When you reach the base of your neck, you can put the two ends together and do the fishtail instead of the regular braiding technique.
- Snake Feed-in Braids
This is another normal feed-in braid, but with a wavy style. Instead of parting your hair straight, you can form huge waves to achieve this snake-inspired feed-in braids. When doing the large cornrows, just follow the hair part to achieve the wavy style. You can choose to tie the ends of the braid into a pony or let it hang loose at the back of your head.
- Chunky Mohawk Feed-in Braids
This one is a unique hairstyle. Instead of getting an actual Mohawk, you can create a similar style through simple braiding techniques. It’s actually a combination of both micro cornrows and a large braids at the center. To make it look more like a Mohawk, leave the large braids dangling at the back of your head while you tuck the micro braids underneath it.
- Double Braids Updo
This is a simple hairstyle with a chic feel. You just have to part your hair at the center and create two subsections on each side. Do the regular feed-in braiding on both sides until you finish all the four sections. Tie the ends of the braids into a bun or make it into something like a chignon.
Easy Do-It-Yourself Feeder Braids to Rock Any Occasion
A well-styled hair every single day is a woman’s dream. Isn’t it nice to go out and be confident about yourself from head to toe? This is the reason why a lot of women make time to style their hair before going outside. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel beautiful all the time. However, there are busy days when you can’t even find time to wash your hair, let alone style it nicely. In order to solve this dilemma, here are some useful hairstyle tutorials that will let you feel fabulous for more than a week without restyling it.
Zigzg Cornrow Feed-in Braids
Prepare your hair.
The first thing you need to do when styling your hair is to wash it, especially if you are planning to wear the hairstyle for more than a day without actually redoing it. After washing your hair, let it dry and apply protective hair serum or cream to make protect your hair and scalp from damage. If you have extra kinky hair, you might want to use some gel to keep your hair in place during the entire braiding process.
Section your hair.
This is the part where you do the trick to achieve the zigzag cornrow feeder braids. Instead of parting your hair into straight and boring sections, you can part it into zigzag patterns. Start from the center of your head and work your way down the back of your head, maintaining the zigzag pattern. Depending on the number of cornrows you wish to achieve, divide the sectioned hair into smaller subsections, still doing the zigzag pattern. Separate each subsections with a hair elastic or hair clip.
- Prepare your braiding hair extensions.
This is for women who have short or chopped curly hair. If you want your cornrows to look naturally long, then adding braiding hair extensions is necessary. Since braiding hair extensions come in chunks, make sure to divide it into smaller sections (fewer strands) to match the thickness of your subsections.
The braiding technique that you will be using for this hairstyle is quite similar to the popular French braiding technique, but instead of crossing hair strands over the other, you should cross it underneath each other to make it look like it’s popping out. Do a couple of sets, maybe three braids, and get the braiding hair extensions.
- Start inserting the braiding hair extensions strand by strand.
This is the part where it gets a bit tricky and difficult if you’re doing the braids yourself, but you can definitely achieve it! Start of by getting two strands of braiding hair extensions (the other strand should be thicker than the other). Loop the thicker strand around the thin strand to create three legs. Insert the extension under the last braid you made on the previous step. Continue braiding while incorporating the new hair strands.
- Do steps 4 and 5 until you reach the base of your neck.
Make sure not to let the braids become loose in the process because it will definitely ruin the style. Once you reach the base of your neck, stop adding more hair extension and start braiding (regular three-strand braid) towards the tips of your hair.
- Tie with hair elastic.
Large + Micro Cornrows
- Comb your hair neatly.
Before styling your hair, you should make sure that it’s ready for the entire process. Detangle frizzy strands so that it won’t get it the way when you start braiding your hair. As much as possible, go all the way to the tips of your hair to ensure that there are no tangles.
- Divide hair into sections.
Since this hairstyle is a combination of both large and micro cornrows, you need to section your hair accordingly. First, create a small section on the center of your head all the way down to the back of your head. This will be the centremost section for your hairstyle, which will be a micro braid. On both sides of the centremost section, create another section, this time thicker than the previous one. Continue sectioning your hair alternately between large and micro sections until the entire hair is pre-sectioned.
- Apply hair cream or protective serum.
This is an important step if you wish to preserve the health of your hair and if your hair is extra kinky. Only apply hair products that suit your skin type to avoid allergies and itchy scalp. Apply cream only to the base of the braid so that your braids won’t look too shiny.
- Start braiding the centremost section.
If you have extra short hair, then you will definitely need braiding hair extensions. Start by doing a regular three-strand braid and continue doing two more sets using the cornrow braiding technique. Get your braiding hair extension and incorporate it into your natural hair. To ensure that the braiding hair extension will look natural, tuck the center of the braiding hair extension into the center of the normal braid. Continue the process until you reach the tip of your hair.
- Start braiding the first two outer sections after the centremost braid.
This is basically the same step as that of the previous one. The only difference is that the section contains thicker hair strands because it’s for the large cornrow. Do the fourth step with these sections including the incorporation of braiding hair extensions.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5.
Keep braiding the subsections and feed in braiding hair extensions as needed. After all the sections are braided, tie it into a nice high pony or a large bun to make the hairstyle look more chic. You may also use hair products that will keep your hair in place for a longer time, like hairsprays or strong hold gel.
The best hair types for feeder braids are the following:
- Chopped Kinky Hair
Cornrows are quite popular for women with this kind of hair type. If you think women with extra kinky hair are hopeless when it comes to hairstyles, then think again. Actually, so many hairstyles will perfectly fit women with this hair type. One good example is the feed-in braids. This is the ultimate technique to create an illusion of having long cornrows even if you have super short hair.
- Thin straight hair
Who says only those with Afro-like hair can sport cornrow feed-in braids? Actually, women with straight hair may also try getting cornrows, although it would take more time to finish because of the hair type, but it’s not impossible. Also See:
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Your Favorite Hollywood Celebrities Wearing the Popular Feed-in Braids
Feeder braids are already taking the spotlight and it has become even more popular because your favourite Hollywood stars started wearing them. Here are some stars who tried feed-in braids:
- Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is famous not only for her music but also for her style and fashion, particularly her hair. She went from the regular straight cornrows to various pattern-inspired cornrows that definitely looked hot on her. Regular beads near the tips of her hair accentuated her braids, which made it look more appealing. There were times when she let her cornrows down loosely and there were times when she tied it into a high pony. Either way, Alicia Keys still looks fabulous.
Beyonce was once fond of wearing cornrows. This star tried wearing both micro braids and large braids that make her look equally charming. These hairstyles fit Beyonce perfectly because she has a naturally tanned skin tone.